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Posts By Hans & Frank

Hermeskeil Museum (Germany), August 1990 & July 2016

October 15, 2016 |

In 1990 Hans visited the German Hermeskeil Aviation Museum. His introduction to the gallery he created on this site was:

“In the sceneric hill country of the Hunsrück near Hermeskeil in Germany an interesting aircraft museum is located , owned by the Junior Family. Hans made some pictures there on August 21st , 1990.”

In July 2016 Frank visited the same place. His pictures show the differences between then and now:

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THUNDERSTREAKS of the KLu/Netherlands Air Force (in active service)

September 20, 2016 |

In the mid fifties the KLu (Koninklijke Luchtmacht) acquired 180 Thunderstreaks, registered P-101 to P-277 and P-298 to P-300. The majority of the Streaks depicted in this album are selected out of the range P-157 to P-300, being the last of the type in operational service, flying with both 314 and 315 squadrons from Eindhoven AB. The Streak entered service in 1955 and the last ones were phased out in 1970. Last departures to other air forces (see below) took place in 1971. Read More

KLu : FOKKER F-27

September 4, 2016 | 1

With hundreds of airplanes sold worldwide , the F-27 was undoubtedly the most successful design of the Dutch Fokker aircraft factory and it was even built under license by Fairchild in the U.S.

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KLu : Lockheed TF-104G

July 6, 2016 |

The TF-104G was the fighter-trainer version of the well known Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. Read More

Bierset Airshow (Belgium), June 20 – 21, 1969

April 20, 2016 |

In June 1969 Hans and Frank visited the Internationale Vliegmeeting at Bierset AB, Belgium, home of the 42nd recce squadron; the open days & air show took place on two days , namely 20 and 21 June 1969 and among the many interesting aircraft to be seen there was a significant U.S.Navy delegation.

NOTE: This is an update of an earlier version of this gallery.

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Belgian Thunderstreaks: Period of Active Service

June 4, 2015 |

We have seen the Thunderstreaks of the Belgian Air Force very frequently, both in operational conditions , in storage and/or as museum-pieces.  This post deals with pictures of Thunderstreaks  in Belgian Air Force service, while they still were operational.

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F-84Fs of the Italian Air Force

June 2, 2015 |

In ITALY the Thunderstreaks equipped 8 air force squadrons: 5th at Rimini, 6th at Ghedi, 8th at Cervia, 36th at Goia del Colle, 50th at Piacenza and the 51st at Istrana. Some Streaks were kept in service till 1972 when the 50th squadron at Piacenza was re-equipped with the F-104S Starfighter.

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THUNDERSTREAKS of the Netherlands Air Force (out of service)

May 30, 2015 |

After their operational service about 30 Streaks were temporarily used as eye-catchers (“decoys”) at air-bases of the KLu: about 4 aircraft were present at each airfield. They were removed and scrapped in 1980. A few Dutch F-84F’s still survive today as gate-guards, monuments ,instructional airframes or museum aircraft. In this gallery you will find a selection of the pictures we took between 1970 and today. Note that most aircraft depicted here are not present anymore at the locations as mentioned.

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F-84F of the Greek/Hellenic Air Force

May 28, 2015 |

This gallery deals with the Thunderstreaks that once flew with  the  Greek  Air Force. Most pictures were taken when Frank and Hans were invited to visit the Greek AFB Larissa to report on the Best Hit Meet in 1972: after a lot of asking we were allowed to picture some operational aircraft of 345 squadron that were based here at Larissa.

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Belgian Thunderstreaks: Aircraft Out of Service

May 26, 2015 |

Many Thunderstreaks of the Belgian Air Force ended their service lives at the aircraft-depot at Koksijde AB. Most of them were scrapped but some survived: at first as eye-catchers (“decoys”) – sometimes disguised as Mirages ! – and later in museums or as monuments. This gallery gives an overview on the faiths of various Belgian Thunderstreaks. Note that withdrawn a/c may not be present anymore at the given locations.

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